chrryblssmninja: (mimicar)
I was going to continue with my practice of setting 101 goals for the new year, but then I can't remember if I clicked "revert to previous draft" when I opened this page or not, so, my goal for the year is...accomplish something.

I did write about my media highlights and favorite music of 2015.

Goals actually accomplished in 2015:

  • I was able to show [ profile] whomp around San Francisco, and I also reconnected with many relatives on both sides of my family! I'm a really social person, and it was great to see and talk with them.

  • With the family, I returned to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. New places we visited included Yosemite and Mammoth, other towns in Gold Country, Also did more local tourism, including the Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta. All the hyperlinks in this paragraph link to pictures!

  • I did get to speak Spanish more, especially in Puerto Rico, and I used Japanese a little at work (although, when one customer asked me a question in Japanese, I answered in Spanish. I corrected myself and she was fine with it, but yeah). I even had a simple conversation in Norwegian! Although I can't say more because we can't post about specific customers on the internet. Even a few phrases of Tagalog helped once. I am now on over 80 days of practicing Gaeilge and Norsk on Duolingo.

  • Finally visited New People when we went to a festival in Japantown. My mom bought me this Omocat sweater...partly because I forgot to wear warm enough clothing for that windy day...

  • I did start lifting 20-pound free weights, and while I didn't get to 25-pound, I did move from 10 reps to 15 reps over the course of the year.

  • I bought some nice and often useful clothes (many via work discount), as well as 2 CDs, nice yearly agendas (classic art for 2015, and a slim Star Wars one with Rey and BB-8 on the cover for 2016 through 2017), and the Universal classic Horror DVD set. Also received a new photo camera and mini-tripod prior to our Las Vegas trip.

  • I did read at least one book from every continent except Antarctica, but I think that's less of a feat because diverse selection is pretty much my general taste when I go to the libraries here. Also read five non-fiction books, as well as five books published in 2015. Now I want to read more from before 1900.

I think I'll just dump my list of TV watched from October through December here. So much I still have to catch up on...
the episodes )
chrryblssmninja: (garamsythe_heroesbaby)
My brother totally spotted my double in Newpark Mall's Target today. Similar clothes and height, similar purse, freakishly similar posture and gestures. And glasses. Her hair looked more tame-able, though, and her skin looked much better than mine.


Spying on her (okay, watching her at customer service while I was waiting at the cash register) felt like being in a sci-fi movie.

oh, and I met [ profile] lumien_curiae today. Yay!

Also, I happened to miss taking off some of the packaging material on my new backpack yesterday. There were two black plastic rings, reallllly hard plastic. Like, I was taking out something in my first class, and then I noticed that my arm had a long, freshly-scabbed, razor-thin scar. So that's what I felt that morning when leaving the house...

I don't mind it much. Some of you know that I find scars cool. It looks like I got in a knife-fight. Excellent.
chrryblssmninja: (any_old_icons_gilbert)
I buy my new friends at Target.

chrryblssmninja: (Default)
I finally made it up to skip=40 on my flist! Considering the fact that I was around skip=240 most of the week, this is quite a feat.

Now I need to go over Music homework.

But first, random link time!

You knew it was going to happen: Mamma Mia: The Sing-along edition.

via [ profile] threthiel9:
Bay County Sheriff’s deputies were forced to use a Taser to subdue an escaped emu named Plop-Plop.

Olympics 2008 pic post from yaiyah

via [ profile] cleolinda: I'd say "WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO PICCOLO AND JAMES MARSTERS?!!!" but seriously, the only one who fits the role in this movie is the actress playing Mai.

Don LaFontaine, the voice of movie trailers, died recently. So did the man who played the voice of Snoopy. (via [ profile] threthiel9)

via [ profile] realproof:
check out the trailer for the British superhero show, "No Heroics".
Looks like light, sarcastic fun or something. Reminds me of some little comics I've picked up here and there.

Also coming in Brit TV: The dark reality show satire with zombies! Set in the actual Big Brother house!

[ profile] gunnergirls: LOL WHAT MAN CITY?

from a previous post:
while we were shopping for new school clothes for my brother, I saw some of the Marc Ecko shirts the designer did for Star Wars. After seeing the Boba Fett shirt, my mind latched onto it and couldn't let go. So yes, I did have to ask someone to take the shirt off the half-mannequin, because that was the only Boba Fett shirt that wasn't extra large. My brother got the Darth Vader and stormtrooper ones, although he requested that I let him wear my shirt if he wants. shoot, I remember looking at the first Marc Ecko Star Wars designs like one or two years ago in the newsletter, and thinking, "aww, if only they weren't online..."
yaaaaaay for street geek wear

so, I found the Marc Ecko site for the line.
Apparently, my Boba Fett shirt doesn't exist.
Even though there were two there. In the NEWARK Macy's. Not like it was an SF exclusive.
But they do have my brother's Darth Vader and stormtrooper shirts on there.

via [ profile] logovo: Yoda’s "Unbelievable."

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme to produce Arctic Monkeys' third album.
ooh, cool potential.
Of the acoustic versions of possible songs on the album that I've heard, the one I really liked was "The Fire and the Thud" or something like that. I think this is the one they're doing with the Kills' lead singer. Should be great.

Finally, if you haven't seen it already:
Kermit the Frog is Christian Bale.
chrryblssmninja: (typoed_prettydonna)
First, Happy Birthdays to [ profile] jaune and [ profile] kiwimangoodness!

World disaster news:
Gustav destroys homes, sparks flooding in Cuba
Army helps as desperation mounts in flood-hit India
China quake kills 32, destroys 258,000 homes

It's been a busy weekend. I already mentioned that yesterday we went to Angel Island, followed by a gathering with family friends, where we watched Cal beat Michigan State yay. I wore my Arsenal shirt, and I later found out that they won, so yay!

We were late for the Oakland ferry our friends were taking, so we had to drive all the way into Tiburon to get the ferry there. It's a really nice seaside town. Really expensive to live there, but the place is nice. Actually, all of Marin County is very pretty. It's like Cape Cod or some other East Coast place, but with a less glitzy, more foggy, laid-back California vibe. The people who live right next to the ocean are pretty cool. But the stereotype of Marin County people being super rich, self-absorbed, annoying preppy people who try to sweep everything ultra-liberal more because it's the thing to do rather than what they truly believe? who take political correctness to extreme, 4th-place-medal levels of insanity? Yes, stereotypes aren't completely true, but those people with the mansions and expensive condos in the hills...maybe it's the fog. gets to them. Sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick actually captured this group of people well in the 1956 (I think) non-sci-fi novel Confessions of a Crap Artist.
lol I don't have that much experience with Marin people. Just reporting the mindset, that's all.

anyways, Angel Island was fun. I took a bunch of pics with my phone camera. Now we need to find the proper cord for the thing...

While waiting in one area, I climbed this little side pass, or, more like crawl-climbed. Took a picture of a reddish giant rockface. But, when I tried to get down...
whoa, that path looks too slippery. I grabbed a tree branch quick. I had to come back the way I came, which was friendlier to tiny tiny feet of little kids rather than to just tiny feet of 20-yr-olds. Fortunately, I found a handy stick to help me get my balance when things were about to get rough.
I can't help it. I like exploring random things.

While on the tram tour of the island, we saw some deer. And then I got a call. It was for a CalTV assignment.

So, the next day, I was at the Slow Food Festival in San Francisco. I was at the only free, open event, the farmers' market in front of City Hall. I was there to tape a segment for a CalTV reporter. It smelled so good there...too bad stuff with filming and family got too busy. I wanted to try food. grr. Or at least get the really good dried fruit. I still have a fruit craving argh.
It was really packed. And hot. They need to open the aisles next time. Some random dude saw that I was using a fancy videocamera. He then asked me how to operate his friend's picture camera. Very odd.

What is Slow Food?
Disciples of the Slow Food movement rail against fast food, industrial farming and global distribution and embrace the idea of supporting local producers who use sustainable methods and pay fair wages to their workers. To spread the word, they invited some of the country's best chefs, most innovative artisan foodmakers and environmentally friendly farmers here to prove that eating the Slow Food way is a sensual pleasure that's good for the body as well as the soul.

Nectarines are in season now, I think. I want nectarines and peaches.

oh, and while I was reserving a book today at Borders, I saw the FIFA magazine with Diego on the cover. I bought it.

while we were shopping for new school clothes for my brother, I saw some of the Marc Ecko shirts the designer did for Star Wars. After seeing the Boba Fett shirt, my mind latched onto it and couldn't let go. So yes, I did have to ask someone to take the shirt off the half-mannequin, because that was the only Boba Fett shirt that wasn't extra large. My brother got the Darth Vader and stormtrooper ones, although he requested that I let him wear my shirt if he wants. shoot, I remember looking at the first Marc Ecko Star Wars designs like one or two years ago in the newsletter, and thinking, "aww, if only they weren't online..."
yaaaaaay for street geek wear
chrryblssmninja: (paintanelephant_macarenaghost)
Today I went to the Nvision 08 World of Visual Computing convention in San Jose.

what I did:

-watched some of the Electronic Sports World Cup. This was the first time it's been held outside of Paris. The commentators all had various European accents and it was interesting to watch.

- this area was cool, all dark with green lights and stuff.

- next to it was the hall where a bunch of people were trying to beat the record for group continuous gaming, like 36 hours or so. They'd already been at it for a day, I think. Some were dozing on little head cushions set up on their chairs. There was a booth of free Bawls energy drinks nearby, so that might have helped.

-argh the Tricia Helfer meet-and-greet was yesterday. We actually passed by her (surrounded by geeks, guarded by a Centurion) in Comic-Con once, but that was before we knew anything about Battlestar Galactica. :( why didn't I check the schedule before

in the main exhibit hall

- the PMS Clan (group of female gamers) had this raffle thing we did. You could also spin the wheel for a prize. I got the "do or die" task. So I had to run and jump through the Bring Your Own Computer gameplay area and shout, "I love Patriot Memory!" A preteen boy joined me on the second run (I think I didn't run exactly all the way). We got really good flash drives as a prize.

- in the automotive area, you could go inside some new hi-tech Audi models. Separate climate control systems yay! The pretty Maserati, however, was just for looking.

- There were several games where you had to use your body to participate. One of them was like "fit your body in the hole." Next to it was an awesome 3-D display you didn't even need glasses for.

- In the food line, we were behind Team South Korea. I also saw one Team Polska player, but the other teams didn't put their country names on their jackets. One of the info people did get autographs from Team Libya players, I think.

- lol the French team were outside discussing strategy very very loudly and enthusiastically before going back into the World Cup gaming area. I guess they were waiting, because at the moment two French girls were competing against two Chinese girls.

- lots of interesting free stuff. One booth gave these giant bags that could be turned into sleeping mats, complete with attached inflatable pillow. Too bad I couldn't remember the booth - some European gamer girls were asking me where I got it, and the map was no help

My parents had some interesting conversations with people, and I tried my best not to fall asleep while my brother watched a presentation on how to make a relatively cheap gaming PC.

- oh, and I got to try out some new games. argh PC is so much more complicated than XBox 360. Some booth guys offered tips (the key instructions on the wall were also helpful, but didn't tell you that left and right help you balance too!) , and my brother kept trying to take over in order to "show" me. I know I'm not super-skilled, but I want to figure it out anyway sheesh

- they were also showing a documentary filmed entirely in Second Life. We only watched a bit of it. It looked okay.

shoot I start school tomorrow. At least it's only one class, Basic Musicianship. From 2-3 PM.
My backpack is so pretty I almost don't want to use it. Like 90% of the backpacks out there, it's Jansport, but I only found this design in a fancy luggage store in the Stanford shopping center. It's plaid, yes, the colors are a super cool blue color and an ever-so-slightly brownish-metallic-black. I took pictures of it, but I can't get to the pic comp right now

and I went to Sanrio and got a scented pen, a freaky acid Hello Kitty keychain that looks cool on my backpack, and a Keroppi pencil case. Turned out that the pencil case had more scented pens inside yay!

and that was today. -faints-
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I don't know. Whenever I find something that will work for someone on my mental list. So it could be early or pretty late. Either that or I'll make something. I don't give many big gifts... my family tends to buy the gifts we give to family friends, so all I'm left with are the friends I can meet and my immediate family.

I don't think the Black Friday prices are worth getting up so early and literally risking your life for. My brother did buy a computer game today for the Black Friday price, but that was at 8 PM in an outdoor mall that we just strolled around to kill time before picking up my mom for dinner. I got some pearl tea and chocolate for myself, but I'd get that anytime.

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